Fatal Accidents During Ship's Mooring Operation

March 8, 2022
Captain Daniel Alcantara
Head of HSSE and Solution Delivery

There had been several fatal accidents reported in the past that happened during ship's mooring operation, which have led to severe injuries or deaths of seafarers.

Statistics from the European Harbour Masters’ Committee show that 60 percent of the injuries happened during mooring operations. Over 220 mooring-related incidents were reported to the Australian Maritime Safety Authority between 2010 and 2014, with 22 percent of these resulting in injuries.


The mooring ropes/wires that are dealt with on board are not the average ropes and if strict caution is not exercised when handling them, the chances of injury are very high and can cause severe damage to both the ship as well as the personnel.


What are some of the contributory factors that may cause accidents?
🔹Communication among the mooring teams were not effective
🔹Supervision of the crew members' safety during mooring operation was poor - the failure to keep away from dangerous zone during the mooring operation
🔹Shipboard trainings to enhance the safety awareness of dangers engaged in mooring operations should be provided as soon as possible to new crew members and safety briefing should be provided to all crew members prior to commencement.



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Captain Daniel Alcantara
Head of HSSE and Solution Delivery
30Y+ experience in leadership positions with NOL and AET Ship Management Head of Documents & Systems, Marine Superintendent & HSSEQ Master COC, Class 1
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